RE: Formality is going bye-bye?

Subject: RE: Formality is going bye-bye?
From: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>
To: "John Garison" <john -at- garisons -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2006 11:38:11 -0500

John Garison said...

> A recently released study "The National Assessment of Adult Literacy"
> ( seems to support the
> argument that while more of us may be educated, we're not as educated
> we used to be. The study finds that the average literacy of college
> educated Americans declined significantly from 1992 to 2003, but it
> reveals that just 25 percent of college graduates - and only 31
> of those with at least some graduate studies - scored high enough on
> tests to be deemed "proficient" from a literacy standpoint, which the
> government defines as "using printed and written information to
> in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and
> potential."
> Scary.

What I think is really scary is the implications behind the quote in
John's post. One could (and probably should) read that quote to mean:
"use printed and written information to function in society (as we, the
agency developing the test, envision society _ought_ to be), to achieve
one's goals (the goals _we_ think you ought to strive to achieve) and
develop one's knowledge and potential (the knowledge we think you
_ought_ to develop and your potential to be of useful service to us)."

I get very suspicious of any government--socialist, fascist, or
democratic--when it tries to decide what is best for its citizens to
know, think, or believe.

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